Macalester College IA & MN Campus Compact VISTA
Macalester College is a residential liberal arts college in St.
Paul, MN. The college mission of service to society and centering
diversity are also key values of the well-established Civic
Engagement Center. The VISTA will be part of our larger Civic
Engagement Center team of 5 professional staff and 12 student staff
members and thus will gain experience in higher education civic
engagement and in collaborating with nonprofits on community-based
work. Our VISTA will work to address the issues of hunger and food
security issues for college students and in our local community.
The position is highly collaborative and creative, working with
stakeholders across campus and the local community. Assessment of
student needs, searching for examples of equitable food security
initiatives on other campus will be part of the work. The VISTA
will work towards creating an infrastructure for a dynamic food
security program on campus that extends into the community.
Professional development is available on topics such as: health
equity, sustainability, the social determinants of health, and
effective partnership development. This project is part of the
Community Corps VISTA Program, operated by Iowa & Minnesota Campus
Compact. The program strives to eliminate poverty through
campus-community partnerships by placing full-time capacity
building support in nonprofit organizations and higher education
institutions. Please also send cover letter and resume to
supervisor. Interviews will occur on a rolling basis. Preference
given to candidates who apply early. Further help on this page
can be found by clicking here.
Member Duties : The VISTA will working with an emerging campus
group to create a multifaceted and dynamic food security program on
campus. This includes completing an inventory of current offerings,
gathering student input on needs and soliciting ideas from
students, community partners, faculty and administrators. The VISTA
will work with others to design a system of delivery, which also
includes community partnerships to respond to underserved students'
basic needs in a more coordinated, efficient and dynamic manner.
The VISTA must listen well to the needs of others, think creatively
about systemic changes, build ownership among stakeholders and
promote the program to a diverse group.
Program Benefits : Education award upon successful completion of
service , Childcare assistance if eligible , Training , Health
Coverage* , Bus pass , Relocation Allowance , Living Allowance ,
Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend .
Permits attendance at school during off hours , Permits working
at another job during off hours .
Service Areas :
Hunger , Health , Community and Economic Development , Community
Outreach , Education .
Communications , Public Speaking , Leadership , Team Work ,
Community Organization , Recruitment , Writing/Editing , Education
, Social Services .